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english idioms!



Lets play the game of english idioms!Without english idioms we never could learned the english.Rules of the game is simple like that.You must tell an english idiom and must view its meaning.
A penny for your thoughts.
It is used is a way of asking someone what they are thinkingabout.

11:11 AM Dec 02 2008 |

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Mapleleaf Man


Edi, I think there is another one that might be more 'English'. I've never heard yours used so it might be a translation from Hungarian. Try this one:

Don't count your chickens before they hatch. 

It means the same thing. 



05:36 PM Dec 07 2008 |

Reema / KSA

Saudi Arabia

Many hands make light work.

It means that when everyone gets involved in something, the work gets done quickly.

Nice game :)

08:32 PM Dec 07 2008 |


United States

What other idioms do you know?

09:09 PM Dec 07 2008 |




Here are some of my favorite:


If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.  

Put your money where your mouth is.  

Scratch my back and I'll scratch yours.  

You make a mountain of a mole-hill.  

You made your bed, now lie in it. 


Referring to what Mistery said about every language having their own idioms, my students would often fail to give examples of idioms in their language, saying…there aren't any :-)

I think native speakers of a language are less aware of them or don't really  bother to analyze them as idioms are just taken for granted

11:48 AM Dec 11 2008 |



are these idioms or proverbs? or the two things overlap?


here mine:

right from the horses mouth

i was just pulling your leg

 he had to pull some strings to get me in the competition



07:45 AM Dec 12 2008 |



Nadia, you are right. if i have two think of french idioms (my language) i will have to think some time :-)

because we study english in details and we study quite other things in french  

07:46 AM Dec 12 2008 |




mentioning "rain", you might also like this one:

Can I take a rain check?

- something you say as a response to an invitation, meaning that you cannot accept it but would like to  do it some other time (for example, when they ask you out, or suggest doing something together)

11:18 PM Dec 12 2008 |



Too many cooks spoil the broth! (As opposed to Mystery's "Many hands make light work") This can refer to the "watering down" (there's another one!) or compromising of an individual's ideas by the group's input or it can mean a one person job should not be done by more than one person. In an indirect way, it may even be connected to "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!" Wink

12:14 AM Dec 13 2008 |



 A rising tide lifts all boats.

This idiom was coined by J.F. KENNEDY and used when economy is performing well everyone get benefit from it.

08:02 AM Dec 13 2008 |


Viet Nam

Awesome !

I'm a foreigner. Can you give me more and more idioms ?

Thank you guys very much !

07:22 AM Dec 14 2008 |